Tommy Neal Team Novo Nordisk IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships

Tommy Neal Runs World Half Marathon Championships

02 April 2014

Tommy Neal Team Novo Nordisk IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon ChampionshipsFrom Team Novo Nordisk Runner Tommy Neal

Copenhagen, Denmark – Last week, I made my first trip to Copenhagen for the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships.

For me, this race was my Copenhagen Marathon “tune up, and in that respect it went very well. My plan was to attack if I felt very good, but if I felt just ok, I would settle into more of a marathon-like pace.

After about 4 miles, I took stock and realized I felt ok, so I settled in to my marathon pace. I started a bit too far back from the World Team runners, with about 1,000 people in front of me, so it wasn’t until the 5k mark that I had room to stretch my legs (my 5k split was 15:58).

After the first 5k, I started to pass guys that were on the World start line, which I started to get pretty excited about. I kept moving up through World Team guys, and at 8k, I was 25:28. At 10k, I started to settle more than I would have preferred and slowed a little bit (31:52).

After that, my pace was pretty set– 16:30 5ks, with a 5:18 mile pace the rest of the way in– and I ended up finishing the race at 1:08:14, in the top 100 (out of 30,000 runners).

I must say, the Half Marathon Championships was a solid tune up of for the Copenhagen Marathon on May 18, and I even got a little preview of the racecourse. And overall, I’m happy with how things turned out, and I feel ready to head back to Colorado for my final of weeks of training for the Marathon.

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